Exert from John MacIntyre's ‘Baptised in Blood and Fire: The Story of Revolutionary Ideologies in East Asia’, 1982, pp.124 “The vast continent of Asia’s history is prolific and rich in ways that are greatly overlooked in our European culture, with long and ancient traditions being formed and fading away as time went on. The last century has not been much different, though the influence of the West has left its mark on the countries of the East. What once were ancient monarchies going back millennia have been replaced with Workers’ Republics, Free Communes and National States, all with their own unique set of circumstances and situations. From my own personal journeys to the Workers Republic of Japan, I can inform you with great certainty of the effects of state socialism and its implementation in former-war torn countries. The country is home to some of the most advanced military and civilian technology in the world, with almost every house in the country having their own flashbox* and with regular CCTV, reducing crime rates significantly. However, the country’s dangerous military spending in trying to update itself with competitors in Berlin, London, Nanjing, Jakarta and Washington has led to living standards dropping, with many of the country’s civilian orientated jobs suffering as a result. While the rights of citizens have increased greatly on paper, open criticism of the government can still lead to a prison or even death sentence depending on the severity of the crime. Guards are present in open squares to make sure more student riots take place like the Nagasaki incident of 1978.** Of even more difficulty is their intervention in international affairs, as their grip on the fellow members of the Hainan Pact has loosened dramatically in recent years. Protests in Vladivostok for reunification are not uncommon, while Central Asia is still keeling over from the devastating days of the Bepul Xiva and Afghani-Bukharran War. Nevertheless, the impact Tokyo has had on global politics, either positively or negatively, has been nothing short of profound, and it is impossible to dismiss the existence of such a nation as anything other than a testament to the determination of ideology. In order to find how this situation arose, we must look at the recent history of Asia and what shaped this world in which we live. A scene of the modern bustling Japanese city, with some of the first local businesses starting to boom into existence, though closely monitered by officials. “The beginning of the 20th century was a turbulent time for many of the nations of the world, particularly as the old empires were beginning to show their first signs of ageing. At this point, the empires of Britain France and Russia, becoming organised in the form of an ‘Entente’ were becoming increasingly hostile towards the German-led opposition for domination of Europe. This tension was not limited to one continent however, as even in the Pacific Ocean, the foundations for a new world were beginning. The young Empire of Japan had recently formed out of the Meji Restoration not even 50 years ago, with the new nation desiring to flex its military muscles and become a world power in its own right. They had won a strong victory against the Chinese, but felt bitter after a forced removal from many of their territories by the Quadruple Intervention.*** To create a new world more suited to the needs of the Japanese people, more expansion would ultimately be necessary, and a target would need to be selected. This next target would be one of the great Empires of Europe, which in Tokyo’s mind, had cheated them out of the potential to become a great and powerful nation, simply because of the prejudice that existed among much of their leadership. To prove their worth on the global front, the Japanese military started making their preparations to move against another great nation: Russia.” This is my first actual attempt at a detailed alternate history timeline, one based loosely off a map series of mine, and inspired by several projects around here, but one that will try and be refined towards plausibility and involve a more textbook based approach rather than simply rule of cool to it. Hope this is a nice teaser. * This world's name for a television. ** , This was a major riot by young students and workers in the city of Nagasaki, which was cracked down upon heavily by government forces. It has been estimated that over 400 civilians and several dozen soldiers were killed in riots campaigning for the increase in the standards of education besides government indoctrination. *** This links in with the original point of divergence, as shall be seen in future.